Bitter End Yacht Club earned its name thanks to its remote, secluded—and therefore idyllic—location. As the final island outpost before the Caribbean Sea meets the open Atlantic, Bitter End covers 64 acres, overlooks the jewel-toned North Sound and is accessible only by water.
Founded in 1969 and established as a family retreat in 1973, Bitter End Yacht Club is world-renowned for its sense of adventure, love of the water, appreciation for nature and dedication to friends and family. Named for its iconic location at the British Virgin Islands’ “end of the line;” Bitter End is the final island outpost before the Caribbean Sea meets the open Atlantic Ocean. It is situated on the east end of Virgin Gorda and is accessible only by water. Those who do venture here are rewarded with 64 acres of lush natural beauty and a wealth of experiences, both on sea and on shore, that are unmatched elsewhere.
Hailled by the New York TImes as a “rollicking nautical village”, Bitter End is known as a water enthusiast’s paradise due to its protected harbor and steady trade winds. It is home to world-famous regattas, a U.S. accredited sailing school, a first-class marina and the world’s largest complimentary on-site fleet. It is also a highly sought-after destination for windsurfing, kiteboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and more. When not on the water, visitors enjoy three private beaches, a freshwater pool, a provisioning Emporium, retail shops, two on-island restaurants and the oldest bar in the BVI. They stay in seaside bungalows that offer panoramic views of both North and Eustatia Sounds.
This unrivaled combination of natural exclusivity, exceptional conditions and extraordinary experiences is why Bitter End Yacht Club is consistently hailed as one of the top full-service resorts in the world. It is just 12 miles from Tortola, 30 miles from St. Thomas and 75 miles from Puerto Rico.
Virgin Gorda is Bitter End’s island home. Named by Christopher Columbus for its unique shape, it is the third-largest island in the British Virgin Islands and boasts many pristine beaches, coves and caves worth exploring. In 2016, Travel + Leisure readers named it “the most beautiful place on Earth,” and singled out Bitter End as “the place to stay.”
Off the northeast arm of Virgin Gorda is the North Sound, which washes ashore Bitter End’s mile of waterfront. It is known for its beautiful coral reefs, sponges and brilliant fish. Constant tradewinds off the Sound provide for beautiful breezes across the island.
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